HOW COLIN MADE MEAL OF MKR GIG

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Colin Fass­nidge has re­vealed he nearly got sacked af­ter two episodes of My Kitchen Rules.

The Ir­ish-born restau­ra­teur, who has been a judge on the Seven cook­ing show since 2013’s fourth sea­son, told Switched ON he wasn’t much good at first.

It was a dress­ing down from ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Rikki Proost, who wasn’t afraid to tell Fass­nidge he needed to lift his game, which saved him from the axe.

“I went into My Kitchen Rules very blase about it, think­ing it was easy and af­ter the sec­ond episode, Rikki told me I wasn’t very good and I was about to be evicted my­self. I got a se­ri­ous wake-up call. It’s not a nice feel­ing be­ing told you’re not good at some­thing and you’ve got 150 crew also lis­ten­ing to that,” he said.

“I was ter­ri­ble. I was scowl­ing all the time. I was try­ing to con­struct what way to talk. I didn’t think peo­ple would want to hear the way I speak. Now I just say what I want.”

Fass­nidge says Proost’s frank feed­back was to “be your­self”.

Some­thing clicked be­cause Fass­nidge, who is judg­ing Group 3 in­stant restau­rants with Darren Robert­son, is now an in­te­gral part of the show.

“I take it a lot more se­ri­ously these days,” Fass­nidge says.

WATCH MY KITCHEN RULES, SEVEN, SUN­DAY, 7PM, MON­DAY TO WED­NES­DAY, 7.30PM

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